a construction that functions syntactically as a noun, consisting of a noun and any modifiers, as all the men in the room who are reading books, or of a noun substitute, as a pronoun.
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What does “vacillate” mean?
Origin of noun phrase
First recorded in 1950–55
Words nearby noun phrase
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British Dictionary definitions for noun phrase
grammar a constituent of a sentence that consists of a noun and any modifiers it may have a noun clause, or a word, such as a pronoun, that takes the place of a nounAbbreviation: NP
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